An we're off! A nice clean shot by Mark Weaver gets the match off to a nice start.
My background is in science (college physics major, which degree I'm putting to good use here in talking about competitive design). I went to grade/middle/high school in a small town in Wisconsin in the 1980s, which meant that our textbooks were most likely from the 70s or even 60s. Mark's opening volley reminds me of the illustrations in those science textbooks. There's even a bit of graph paper in there. What's he trying to say here? That humans have made a lot of progress? Is this a movie poster for The Core?
I also like the human profile stepped gradient in the middle of the piece...reminds me fondly of a certain web site design from long ago.
The secret ingredient has been nicely incorporated, although the letters are definitely not the focus of the piece. Does Mark get points off for that? And what happens if one of the designers decides to eschew the secret ingredient entirely? We don't have a protocol in place for that, but I'm thinking a severe shouting down on Twitter or perhaps a spanking machine type of deal.
And finally, before we get to the next shot, a comment by Mig from the green room about Mark's volley: "Jesus I quit". Let's hope that's not true.
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Jason Kottke.
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